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Peter C. Van Dyck, M.S., M.D., M.P.H.

Maternal and Child Health Bureau
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 18-31
Rockville, Maryland 20857

301/443-2204

PVANDYCK@HRSA.DHHS.GOV

Dr. van Dyck is Director, Office of State and Community Health (OSCH), in the Office of the Director of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Department of Health and Human Services.  This office was created in 1995 to be more responsive to state issues related to the MCH block grant.  Dr. van Dyck became its first permanent director.  Dr. van Dyck had previously served for 2 years as the Senior Medical Advisor to the Director of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau.  Before coming to the federal government in 1992, he was the Director of the Family Health Services Division of the Utah Department of Health and a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Utah Medical Center.  He has consulted widely both nationally and internationally, chaired numerous national committees, and been President of the Association of Maternal and Child Health Directors and Chair of the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA). 

As Director of OSCH, he is responsible for providing the organizational focus of the administration of the MCH block grant to states program, including guidance, reporting requirements, coordination of technical assistance, and development of national information and data systems for the block grant.  The State System Development Initiative (SSDI) and the new Abstinence Education legislation are also part of the portfolio of the office. 

He is currently the executive secretary of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality.  In addition, he has other responsibilities for the Bureau, including immunization, health care reform, managed care, the national media campaign for Healthy Start.  He also acts as liaison to both the Healthy Start evaluation in the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Medicaid Bureau in the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA).  However, his main interests are to improve systems of care for maternal and child health populations, nationally and internationally, with a special emphasis on policy development, outreach and evaluation, and to create innovative strategies for financing that care.


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